ON7DQ SOTA Tour : in 9 days to Friedrichshafen and beyond


Last year (2016) was my FIRST EVER visit to the Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen (FH). Other years I couldn't get away from my teaching job, as we were in the middle of exams ... but since I was going to retire, my director had given the permission to take a long weekend off ...

I liked it so much, with all the SOTA activities and such, I wanted to be part of it again this year.
Only problem : the friends who drove me there last year, didn’t go this time (because of the shift to mid July), and I’m not such a good driver that I could drive all the 770 km to FH in one day. There had to be a better solution.

So I planned to split the drive in three days each way, and do a bunch of SOTA activations.
This also meant I had my own car over there to do … even more SOTA activations ! hi


By the time I got back home, I had driven 2400 km, and had stayed in 5 different places (all booked via AirBnb).
In total, I activated 22 summits in 6 countries :  LX - F - DL - OE - HB0 and ON.

Here the list of activated summits :

11/Jul/2017 LX/LX-002 (Grengenwald)
11/Jul/2017 LX/LX-004 (Widderbierg)
12/Jul/2017 FL/VO-002 (Le Hohneck)
12/Jul/2017 FL/VO-089 (Haut de la Pierre de Taille)
13/Jul/2017 DM/BW-003 (Belchen)
13/Jul/2017 DM/BW-015 (Hochfirst)
13/Jul/2017 DM/BW-193 (Schächer)
15/Jul/2017 DM/BW-348 (Gehrenberg)
16/Jul/2017 OE/VB-525 (Kummenberg)
16/Jul/2017 HB0/LI-012 (Schellenberg)
17/Jul/2017 DM/BW-042 (Rainen)
17/Jul/2017 DM/BW-046 (Plettenberg)
17/Jul/2017 DM/BW-057 (Lupfen)
17/Jul/2017 DM/BW-067 (Brandenkopf)
17/Jul/2017 DM/BW-156 (Lindenberg)
18/Jul/2017 FL/VO-003 (Gazon du Faing)
18/Jul/2017 FL/VO-007 (Le Grand Brézouard)
18/Jul/2017 FL/VO-014 (Chaume de Sérichamp)
18/Jul/2017 FL/VO-016 (Le Rossberg)
19/Jul/2017 ON/ON-016 (Les Aisances)
19/Jul/2017 ON/ON-017 (Bois Haut)
19/Jul/2017 ON/ON-021 (Plantis de Mesnil)

This gained me 157 points, which brought me way over the 500 point mark (actually to 604), so that I am a “half goat” now … hi.
Also made 50 S2S qso's, raising my S2S score from 990 to 1326, which will keep me on the number 1 spot for Belgium for some time (I hope ;-).

I had planned a couple more summits but had to cancel some because of bad weather (see day 1 and 2), or blocked access roads (see day 3).

Read the day-to-day reports for more info on each summit and my other adventures at the Ham radio ...

(to be continued ...)

Luc - ON7DQ

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